Eagles depth chart breakdown: The offense

Eagles depth chart breakdown: The offense

June 17, 2013, 9:00 am
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This week, Eagles Insider Geoff Mosher will be breaking down the Eagles' depth chart. He'll do the defense and special teams on Wednesday, but today he'll start with the offense:

QB: Nick Foles/Mike Vick, Mike Vick/Nick Foles, Matt Barkley
RB: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Felix Jones
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Arrelious Benn
WR: DeSean Jackson, Damaris Johnson, Riley Cooper
LT: Jason Peters, Ed Wang, Matt Tobin
LG: Evan Mathis, Nate Menkin, Allen Barbre
C: Jason Kelce, Dallas Reynolds, Matt Tennant
RG: Todd Herremans, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde
RT: Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin
TE1: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Derek Carrier
TE2: James Casey, Clay Harbor, Emil Igwenagu

We know about the Mike Vick-Nick Foles battle, with Matt Barkley peering over both of their shoulders. This will probably be the most fluid positional battle on the roster.

Keep an eye on the offensive line, especially with age and injury potential as central themes. We’ll find out quickly if Jason Peters is still the dominant force that he insists he is and if rookie Lane Johnson makes enough strides to cement his hold on the right tackle spot. Jason Kelce is fully recovered from his knee surgery, but can he excel in a system that isn’t catered to his quickness like Howard Mudd’s was? Dennis Kelly will be first sub at either left or right tackle if there’s an injury.

The main spot to watch is right guard, where veteran Todd Herremans is expected to anchor. Before being placed on injured reserve, Herremans didn’t play his best last year at right tackle and he’s once again pinned on the same side as a rookie, first-round pick. Any slippage on Herremans’ part could open the door for Danny Watkins, if Watkins is ready to start playing like an NFL-caliber offensive linemen, or perhaps journeyman Allen Barbre.

At wideout and receiver, the reserves will battle for roster spots. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson are safe bets to make the team. Riley Cooper, Arrelious Benn, Russell Shepard and Ifeanyi Momah (and perhaps B.J. Cunningham) will duke it out for the remaining spots (or spot). The 6-foot-7 Momah is still raw. He seems ripe for the practice squad. An impressive camp by Benn, a strong wideout who can play the slot, could push Cooper out the door.

Brent Celek, James Casey and Zach Ertz are your three tight ends. Clay Harbor, Emil Igwenagu and Derek Carrier will jockey for jobs.

I’m going with Chris Polk over Felix Jones for the moment. Jones has the return abilities, but Polk is younger, more physical and earned some reps on the first team in camp in two-back formations. The team likes Matthew Tucker, but he’s probably a practice-squad candidate.